What needs to be considered before making a case for anyone or anything in this case an individual. Is what attributes set this person apart or make this person worthy of the case your trying to make. From an NFL QB stand point whats looked at 1st in general is how a person matches up physically to what the prototype or standard is because professional football is such a physical sport. If you compare Quinn with other QB' in the league froma physical stand point there really is no comparison. Brady,Rodgers,Stafford the Mannings all dough boys compared to this guy. At 6'3" 235 lbs. Quinn is more the size of an NFL linebacker. You might say well Rothlisberger is larger. Not really, when you realize that Quinn is in the same body type or physical condition as an NFL running back or safety.You could compare him to some of the NFL's most devoted linebackers.
If you've kept up on Quinn throughout his college career you would know that his best attributes in college were his mobility,his arm strength and deep ball accuracy which if you watched preseason and you seen him hit hemmingway on that deep sideline route you know he still has. So from a purely physical position you would have to give him nearly a 10 out of 10 against the standard or prototype. Physical though doesn't win many games. Montana was physically done when he came to Chiefs. His arm strength was never superior and by the time he made it to the Chiefs he was wearing knee supports as well. It was what was between his ears that led the Chiefs to the championship game. His ability to break down and process information and make the proper decision based on what his eyes relayed to his brain and also what experience had taught him.
You see its not Cassels weak arm or slow release that told me a few games into the 2009 season that Cassel was not the guy. Before the ball is snapped the qb has to have everything alredy there in his mind.The pattern of each receiver, what to do in case of a protection breakdown in any direction and a good idea of what the defense is thinking and he must adjust his protection accordingly. With all this in his head when the ball is snapped you gotta be just like the Nike slogan"Just do it". It has to be read/react,read/react there is no time for thinking at this level. Thinking costs time. Losing time gets you sacked.This is Cassel's fatal flaw. His inability to process information and make the proper decision based on what he sees at the speed which is required in the NFL.
You may ask where does Quinn fit into this scenario. First of all if you know anything about Notre Dame were he went to college you would know that you cannot play sports there unless you keep a very high GPA. Notre Dame is constantly being criticized for refusing to budge on their academic standards so they can get the blue chip "dumb jocks". The second part of the case for his intellectual capacity is the way he carries himself at the line of scrimmage. Even with as little experience as he has he makes his checks to ensure that every one is were they are supposed to be then when the ball is snapped its read/react even if the third stringers look like electric football the ball comes out. I feel that if this guy is given a proper chance( at least 5-7 games) we could wind up with a gem. Weeden threw 5 int's his 1st game.Tannehill about the same.The almighty Andrew Luck even looked pedestrian for awhile. Now the teams that drafted them are beginning to start to see a return on their investment. Light at the end of the tunnel.
Look at Quinn's bio 9 starts in 2 seasons. He started in the first game after he was drafted then pulled for 3. Nobody brings a QB along like that. I mean nobody. The Browns have drafted how many QB's since the birth of the new franchise? 6 they all failed except for Weeden the new guy. Sometimes when you keep doing the same thing over and over and getting the same result you gotta ask yourself is it something I'm doing wrong. Thats actually the definition for insanity. The only time Quinn got 3 consecutive starts the 3rd game he threw for 304 yds. had 4 td's with a 133.1 QB rating. Who knows what the the future holds. Maybe Quinns not the guy. If he is never given a proper opportunity no one will ever know. I just thought I'd make a case for Quinn.
On another note. To the ten to 12 fans in sec 345 who cheered when Cassel was injured. You bas#@!$. If I knew then what I know now I'd do a whole lot more than stand up and tell you that your behavior was ridiculous and to sit down and shut up. You took the best fan base in the NFL and threw them under the bus!